Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Duchene potted a pair of goals and added
an assist, as the Colorado Avalanche continued their best start to a season in
franchise history with a 4-2 decision over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday
at Pepsi Center.
Alex Tanguay tallied a goal and an assist, while Erik Johnson also lit the
lamp for the Avalanche, who have won nine of their first 10 games to match
their best start in franchise history set by the Quebec Nordiques during the
"It's good right now," Tanguay said. "We played another solid game. We made a
few mistakes, but we overcame them. It's a lot of fun now."
Semyon Varlamov stopped 28-of-30 shots to backstop the victory.
Andrej Sekera notched a goal and an assist, while Drayson Bowman scored the
other goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost two straight and five of their
last seven games.
Justin Peters allowed all four goals on 34 shots in defeat.
"I was excited about the opportunity to play tonight," Peters said. "I felt
comfortable, but they are a very fast team."
Colorado opened the scoring at the 11:30 mark of the first period when an odd-
man rush from the Avalanche left a rebound in the crease that a trailing
Johnson knocked in with his skate to make it 1-0 Colorado.
Duchene doubled the lead with 2:27 left in the frame when he picked up a
rebound behind the Carolina net and made a nifty spin move to create some room
before stuffing a quick shot through the pads of Peters from the low right
side for a 2-0 lead.
Carolina cut into the margin just 12 seconds into the second, as the
Hurricanes won the opening faceoff before Sekera found Jordan Staal with a
nice stretch pass from his own blue line.
Staal then made his way into the left circle before sliding the disc to his
right to set up Bowman's one-timer that made it 2-1 early in the second.
Colorado regained its two-goal cushion just past the midpoint of the frame
when Duchene carried the disc into the Carolina zone and skated into the right
circle before turning his back toward the end boards and firing a pass into
the slot for a cutting Tanguay, who re-directed the puck through the pads of
Peters from between the circles for a 3-1 lead at 10:11.
The Avs extended the margin on the power play less than a minute into the
third thanks to a hooking minor against Justin Faulk at 18:45 of the second.
With Colorado skating on the man-advantage less than a minute into the third,
Duchene held off a defender and made his way into the right circle before
beating Peters high to the short-side to make it 4-1 just 36 seconds into the
Carolina countered just over two minutes later when Sekera took a nice
backdoor feed from Jiri Tlusty and buried the disc into the back of the net
from the low left side to bring the Hurricanes within 4-2 at 2:40.
Varlamov made the lead stand from there, turning away 15 shots over the final
20 minutes to keep Colorado in front.
Colorado has won nine straight home games against Carolina and is 9-0-2 (nine
wins, two ties) in its last 11 home games against the 'Canes. The last time
Carolina won a game in Denver they were the Hartford Whalers on Feb. 9, 1996
at McNichols Sports Arena ... Carolina placed starting goaltender Cam Ward on
injured reserve Friday. Ward is expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks with a lower-
body injury ... Duchene has notched at least two points in four of his last
seven games ... Johnson has two goals this year after scoring zero last season
... Colorado killed off all three Carolina penalties to improve to 31-for-34
on the penalty kill, good for the best mark in the NHL.
Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in regulation and got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout to help the New York Islanders snap a 10-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
Forslund talks Canes and Caps John Forslund joined Adam and Joe to preview the Hurricanes and the Capitals. Right now, the team does not play with a consistent work ethic. Slow starts have become way too frequent. Carolina needs to turn things around, and the front line has to lead the way.
Muller: I thought that was Jordan's best game Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller was very pleased with the efforts of the Jordan Staal, Patrick Dwyer, and Nathan Gerbe line, which scored both Hurricanes' goals in a 2-1 win over Colorado.
Muller: We lost a chess match Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller says his team went toe-to-toe with one of the best in the Western Conference ,but fell a little short against the Minnesota Wild.